Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis services offered in Houston, TX

Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects every aspect of the central nervous system, leading to anxiety, muscle spasms, and pain. At Texas Herbal Clinic in Houston, Texas, Darryl Camp, MD, can help minimize many uncomfortable symptoms of MS with medical marijuana. Dr. Camp’s extensive experience as a neurologist makes him uniquely qualified to reduce pain, anxiety, and other common MS symptoms. Call the clinic today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Multiple Sclerosis Q&A

What is multiple sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. MS occurs when the immune system attacks the myelin's protective coatings that cover the nerve fibers. As myelin breaks down, it disrupts the communication signals between the brain and the body. 

What are the signs of multiple sclerosis?

The signs of multiple sclerosis vary from person to person and often depend on the severity of the condition. As the disease progresses, your symptoms may change or worsen. Common signs of multiple sclerosis include:

  • Shock-like sensations in the neck
  • Blurred vision
  • Vision loss
  • Muscle spasms
  • Numbness in a single-arm or leg
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control

Multiple sclerosis can also affect your balance and coordination. Once the condition advances, some individuals lose their ability to walk without assistance. Medications to suppress the immune system and assistive devices can help slow the progression of multiple sclerosis.

What causes multiple sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune condition, but researchers don’t yet know why it develops. They do believe that genetic and environmental factors can trigger the condition. Common risk factors for MS include:

  • Lack of sunlight
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Obesity
  • Viral infections
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Being a woman

As multiple sclerosis attacks the nerves and brain, it causes the myelin sheath around the nerve fibers to inflame. This leads to plaques or lesions that show up on a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.

How can medical marijuana treat the symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

Medical marijuana may be an effective treatment for muscle spasms and pain if you have multiple sclerosis. Marijuana contains cannabinoids (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that have anti-inflammatory properties. Regular medical marijuana use may help ease anxiety and promote relaxation to reduce discomfort.

Dr. Camp is a board-certified neurologist with extensive experience treating multiple sclerosis. He often recommends medical marijuana to help minimize the symptoms of MS. After a careful evaluation that includes a physical exam and review of your medical history, Dr. Camp can determine if medical marijuana is right for you.

Call Texas Herbal Clinic today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about multiple sclerosis.